Prepare for a career as a residential interior designer by learning the basics of good design, getting familiar with design styles and movements, exploring the materials that interior designers use, and putting your knowledge to work as you create your own design concept for a family room.
What you will learn
- What a residential interior designer does.
- The major design styles and movements throughout history.
- How to manipulate the basic elements involved in residential interior design projects.
- The steps required to work as a residential interior designer and start your own design business.
- How to create a design concept and floor plan.
How you will benefit
- Create a portfolio throughout the course you can use to gain employment.
- Be ready to take the Residential Interior Designer Exam.
- Qualify for a free one-year DSA membership.
- Participate in an optional 40-hour internship, if you meet the eligibility requirements.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or newer.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
- Interior Design by John F. Pile
If you love coming up with creative designs and interior decorating that will turn a house into a home—or add a unique touch to any space—and want to make those dreams a reality, this is the course for you. This residential interior design course is perfect for both aspiring and current designers who want to increase their education, career opportunities, and professional status in the interior design industry. Take the first step toward a fulfilling career in this creative industry today with this course.
When you're looking for interior design classes, you want to make sure you're getting the best education possible. This Certified Residential Interior Designer course will not only teach you the fundamentals and ethical practices involved in becoming a residential interior designer but will also provide you with invaluable insights on running your own design business and building your client base. Your interior design coursework will also include useful documents and exercises to help you practice and develop your skills. By the end of the course, you will be able to use your design concepts in a portfolio to present to potential clients.
Upon the completion of the course curriculum, you'll be prepared to sit for the Residential Interior Designer Exam (R.I.D.E.) through the Designer Society of America (DSA). The R.I.D.E. exam is the final exam in the course and included with enrollment. Once you achieve certification, you can qualify for a free one-year DSA membership, and you may be able to participate in an optional 40-hour internship if you meet certain eligibility requirements. The R.I.D.E. credential will increase your status with potential clients and make you a stronger candidate in the industry.
- Getting Started
- Exploring a Career in Residential Interior Design
- Design Basics
- Space Planning
- History of Styles and Furnishings
- History of Styles and Furnishings, Part I: Prehistoric Times to the Middle Ages
- History of Styles and Furnishings, Part II: The Renaissance to the 20th Century
- History of Styles and Furnishings, Part III: Modernism, Non-European Influences, and Furniture Styles
- Elements of Design
- Lighting Fundamentals
- Accents and Accessories
- Working as a Residential Interior Designer
- Industry Regulations
- Putting It All Together
Natasha Lima-Younts has worked in interior design for more than 20 years. She graduated from Bauder Design College and went on to found Gables Interiors in Miami, Florida and Gables Plantation Designs in Albany, Georgia. Her work has been featured in magazines including Florida Architecture and Spectacular Homes, as well as on "The View," and she was chosen as Miami's "Designer for the Stars" seven years in a row. In 1999, she founded the Designer Society of America (DSA) to create a sense of community and help aspiring designers achieve their goals.